About 20 lifeguards from Maracas Bay and Las Cuevas gathered outside the Ministry of National Security headquarters on Abercromby Street in Port-of-Spain seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister of National Security Stuart Young over grave security concerns following an assault of two lifeguards on Sunday.
Two lifeguards - a male and a female working at the Las Cuevas beach were physically assaulted by relatives of a drowning victim.
The incident occurred just after 4 pm when Royel Cruickshank, 18, of Marabella, got into difficulties and went under water.
Close to three dozen cellphones along with narcotics and paraphernalia were seized during a search of the Top Security area at the Remand Prison in Golden Grove Thursday morning.
During the raid, officers found 350 loose cigarettes, 20 cigarette lighters, 35 cell phones, 40 sim cards, 5 cell phone batteries, 39 headsets, 400 loose wrapping paper, 4 WIFI devices, razor blades, scales, improvised weapons and over 2 pounds of a plant-like substance.
The massive haul is being described as the largest find of 2019.
A police constable was shot and wounded by his own firearm – an MP5 sub-machine gun during a patrol in San Juan on Tuesday night.
According to a police report, at about 8.15 the officer assigned to the North Eastern Division Task Force was on a routine police patrol along Don Miguel Road, San Juan in a marked police vehicle when the sling of his MP5 sub-machine gun got caught in the hand-brake lever.
In an attempt to free the sling, the officer’s finger accidentally squeezed the trigger of the gun, causing the weapon to fire one round of 9mm ammunition.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has established a committee to treat with the terms and conditions of the Special Reserve Police (SRP) officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
This followed a meeting between Griffith and members of the executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA) at the Office of the Commissioner of Police Thursday morning.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the absorption of SRP officers into the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service as regular officers.
Lifeguards at Maracas Bay are advising members of the public to stay away, saying they will be going at their own risk.
The warning came on the heels of weekend's walkout of on-duty lifeguards as recent serious health and safety concerns in the past three weeks have failed to be addressed by the Ministry of National Security.
The lifeguards are now demanding a meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as they claim that there are only "empty promises" meted out by the National Security Minister Stuart Young.
Drivers are being advised not to use their hazard lights during heavy rainfall, unless it's for emergency purposes, including accidents and breakdowns.
This advise comes from Sgt Steve McKenzie who was a guest on CNC3's The Morning Brew to discuss road safety during the rainy/wet season.
McKenzie said that drivers tend to put on their hazard lights when in fact low beam lights should be the correct thing to do.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is drafting a plan to restructure the police service and expects to have the first plan before the end of the year.
A part of the new system includes an app to help citizens report criminals anonymously and improved ballistics investigations.
He said that while in New York ballistics testing takes several days, in T&T is takes up to six years.
Griffith attended a police media briefing Thursday at the Police Administration Building, Port of Spain and took questions from the media on the current state of affairs.
The Immigration Department in Sangre Grande was forced to remain closed yesterday because of a water shortage.
Many people travelling to the department in Sangre Grande to either apply, renew of collect their new passports said they were disappointed as the office was closed yesterday
When Guardian Media visited the Immigration Office at Damarie Hill, Guaico, there was no one at the office except a security guard.